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General Purpose of the Position:
As part of the Humane Society of Washington County’s commitment to raising the intrinsic value of animals in the region, the HSWC seeks a licensed veterinarian to help design and implement best practices in humane population management and to provide high-quality veterinary medical and surgical care for the shelter animals.
Essential Duties and Responsibilites
This position reports to the President/CEO and works collaboratively with the Vice President of Operations, HSWC management and staff. This is a fulltime position in Hagerstown, MD. Occasional travel may be required.
Veterinary Medical Care
- In collaboration with the Vice President of Operations, design and implement medical and general-care protocols for the health and well-being of shelter and foster animals housed at the Humane Society of Washington County.
- Tend to all health and related aspects of care for shelter animals at HSWC, including but not limited to, vaccinations, administration of medication, testing, medical evaluations, humane health care, euthanasia and disease prevention in the shelter
- Perform surgical procedures on shelter animals, as needed (for example, spay/neuter, hernia repair, tumor removals and ocular procedures)
- Lead daily medical rounds and organize treatment plans for shelter animals
- Work with RVTs to develop a comprehensive spay/neuter plan in conjunction with current surgery schedule
- Together with the Vice President of Operations, identify, develop and recommend onsite management protocols designed to ensure adherence to sound veterinary medical practices by all clinic and support staff and, as may be needed, help to implement such protocols
- Provide routine training for staff concerning the medical care of shelter animals, including those relating to nursing care procedures, cleaning, handling, and vaccination and quarantine protocols
- Knowledge of laws and codes pertaining to the care and record keeping of sheltered animals
- Offer leadership and coaching for the clinic staff and kennel care staff, and sustain a strong commitment to teamwork, high professional standards and continuing development among all shelter employees
- Open to innovation and methods to ensure humane management and improving positive outcomes for sheltered animals
- Willingness to provide subsidized sterilization and wellness services to publically owned animals.
- Graduated from an accredited veterinary medical college – DVM or equivalent
- Licensed to practice in the State of Maryland
- Experience in high volume spay/neuter clinic and/or post graduate surgical training preferred
- Experience with Shelter Medicine and herd health preferred
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Commitment to the mission, values and goals of the Humane Society of Washington County.
- Demonstrated aptitude in clinical medicine and surgery
- Experience in animal welfare and shelter operations a plus
- Experience in emergency medicine and veterinary forensics a plus
- Demonstrated success in managing a diverse team of professionals, skilled in managing varied relationships and successful at facilitating collaboration and cooperation
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
- Knowledge of principles and practices of staff management and the appropriate methods and means of dealing with human behavior situations in a variety of business circumstances
- Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing in a diverse range of audiences and settings
- Excellent communication skills including ability to mediate conflicts and give/receive feedback
- Working the hours necessary to accomplish targeted responsibilities
- Delegating responsibility, achieving and measuring results with team members
- Practices excellent quality medicine and upholds the veterinary code of ethics
Salary and Benefits:
The salary for this position depends on the length and breadth of experience. Eligible for full benefits package including: paid time off, medical, dental & vision insurance, life insurance, long-term disability, and tax-deferred retirement plan.
Licensed Veterinary Technician
General Purpose of the Position:
Provide excellent patient and people care in a veterinary clinic and animal shelter setting.
Care for up to 200 cats and dogs per day working in cooperation with Humane Society staff and volunteers.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Administer injections such as anesthetics, pain medications, vaccinations and other medications. Provide treatments, and supportive care as directed by HSWC Standard Operating Procedures and attending Veterinarian. Intubate animals, place intravenous catheters, perform venipuncture and administer fluids as needed. Monitor vital signs of sedated and anesthetized patients in preoperative, operative, and postoperative phases.
- Maintain medical supplies inventory, including emergency drugs.
- Ensure that supplies are in-date.
- Ensure that anesthetic machines, pulse oximeters, scales, and other equipment are functional. When equipment is not working properly report to Vice President of Operations.
- Maintain all necessary controlled substance drug logs and patient records.
- Stay current in knowledge of emergency drugs and protocols.
- Communicate in effective and professional manner with public and all HSWC staff and volunteers.
- Possess working knowledge of basic veterinary medical concepts, including, but not limited to vaccine protocols and anesthetic risks. Be able to communicate such information to clients. When Veterinarian has documented information about an animal’s condition, adequately explain such information to clients.
- Ability to perform euthanasia and discuss euthanasia decisions and HSWC euthanasia protocols with co-workers, volunteers, and the public.
- Work well both independently and cooperatively as part of team. Remain composed while working in fast-paced environment.
- Represent HSWC in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Provide medical information and representation to other HSWC departments.
- Adhere to all protocols put forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Follow all written and verbally communicated HSWC Standard Operating Procedures.
- Attend all staff meetings and training sessions.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Must have graduated from accredited school of veterinary science technology (2 or 4 year program). Must have current Maryland State Veterinary Technician License.
- Must have 3-plus years working as Licensed Veterinary Technician.
- Euthanasia Certification in the state of Maryland.
- Experience working in an animal shelter setting preferred.
Knowledge and Skill Requirements:
- Must speak fluent English. Must possess excellent animal handling skills. Must possess excellent customer service skills. Must be able to lift and carry 40-plus pounds repeatedly throughout day with assistance. Must possess the ability to work standing for 10-plus hours. Must be willing to work weekends. Maintain open mind regarding changes and be willing to learn, implement, and teach new protocols. Must have strong interest in animal welfare.
Animal Care Technician Full Time
Essential Duties and Primary Job Purpose
Responsible for maintaining a safe and sanitary facility for animals and people and providing humane handling and care for all shelter animals. Assists with providing all animals’ nutrition, housing and basic medical needs on a daily basis. Assists the public as directed, when admitting and adopting animals. Promotes responsible pet ownership, Humane Society policies and procedures in conversations with customers, staff and volunteers. Performs humane euthanasia and prepares bodies for rabies testing as directed.
Representative Tasks and Major Responsibilites
- Responsible for all duties related to the care of shelter animals to include but not be limited to; cleaning of housing areas, assuring that animals receive food and water, bathing and grooming, appropriate exercise and providing humane handling when animals need to be moved.
- Ensures all animals have proper identification on collar and housing unit.
- Observes and evaluates animals for signs of illness and reports symptoms.
- Performs basic laboratory tests and procedures, administers medications, and prepares bodies for rabies testing.
- Performs continual maintenance duties to include repairs and upkeep of housing units, staging areas, storage areas and facility as a whole. Washes and sanitizes bedding, feeding bowls, litter pans and all other items used for direct care of animals.
- Assists with inventory and restocking supplies. Runs errands as necessary. Documents and reports all damage or need for repairs to equipment or facility.
- Assist as directed with adoptions, front office activities and transporting animals to veterinarian hospitals.
- Follows safety procedures, utilizes safety equipment, and monitors work environment to ensure safety of employees and other individuals.
- Operates a computer and other common office equipment necessary to complete the duties assigned.
- Participates in public events as directed, and communicates well with employees, volunteers, public and administrative staff.
- Assist with the movement of animals within the shelter as directed and ensures that al movements are properly documented.
- Assists with care, cleaning and maintenance of animals at off site areas as directed.
- Other duties as required.
- Ability to learn animal first aid and CPR, perform euthanasia, basic laboratory techniques and basic animal grooming techniques.
- Ability to identify signs of animal illnesses, diseases and injuries, animal species, breeds, ages and sexes.
- Demonstrates understanding and ability to communicate effectively the policies & procedures of the Humane Society.
- Ability to learn animal health, proper care of wild and domestic animals, recognize common animal and zoonotic diseases, determine breeds and species, sex and age.
- Ability to learn humane animal capture and humane restraint methods and the ability to interpret animal body language.
- Must be at least 18 years of age, has a high school diploma or GED, valid driving license with clean record.
- Ability to lift 50 pounds, work with all species, and have the physical ability to maintain balance, stoop, crouch, and reach over your head.
- Demonstrates adequate communication skills, both oral and written through all means and equipment relevant to the job and assignments, including but not limited to computers, other office equipment, etc.
- Ability to work in environments with possible exposure to adverse environmental conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature and noise extremes, traffic hazards, pathogenic substances, animal attacks or animal bites.
- Ability to follow direction and/or instruction as given either orally or written.
- Ability to humanely handle all species and work with all species, domestic and wild.
- Ability to work daytime, evenings and weekends as assigned.
Please ensure you have the required qualifications prior to applying for this position.
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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EMPLOYMENT DISCLAIMER: This job description is not a contract – management reserves the right to change its contents at any time. This organization complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. This organization is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Humane Society of Washington County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a 501 © (3) non-profit. We are not a county agency and have no county employees.
The HSWC is a tobacco free facility.
The HSWC complies with the guidelines set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era. The HSWC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.